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Tuesday 30 May 2017

Diploma in Composing for Games

Course Details

Special Note:


Course Fees: €3,610.00
NFQ Level: 8
ECTS Credits: 60
Course Code: DK_KCOGA_8

Course Presentation

This programme offers students the opportunity to enhance their level of compositional knowledge, theoretical understanding and practical skill. The programme will develop further the graduate’s skill in core game music composition areas as well as more specialist areas such as game audio middleware, game engines, sound design, game design and sound implementation. The graduates will gain experience in operating as individuals and as members of a team working towards a common goal. The extensive major project, supervised by game design lecturers with industry experience, prepares students for work in a modern game audio practice. During the course of their studies students will carry out practical game audio production in our labs and studio, use game audio middleware, develop interactive music systems in order to gain an understanding of the behaviour of dynamic game audio and the practical skill sets to design solutions to game audio challenges.

The course is made up of the following modules:

  • Composition for Games: Methods and Techniques
  • Game Concept Design
  • Game Audio Industry
  • Sound Synthesis
  • Game Audio Middleware
  • Audio for Games
  • Sound Design
  • Sound Implementation
  • Major Project
  • Work Placement

Awarding Body

Dundalk Institute of Technology - Level 8 Diploma (60 credits)

Who Should Apply?

Graduates may work in production, performance, design and composition branches of the music industry. As well as developing knowledge in composition, middleware, and game audio design, it will improve management and employability skills or enhance your position if currently employed in the public service or private industry. In contrast with the more general music production BA programmes elsewhere, this course places more emphasis on game audio design.

How To Apply

Applicants should complete a Lifelong Learning Application Form and submit together with an up-to-date CV and scans of academic qualifications

Diploma in Composing for Games part-time course
Lifelong Learning Centre,
Dundalk Institute of Technology,
Dublin Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth.

Alternatively you can email a scan of the application form, cv and academic qualifications to parttime@dkit.ie

Application forms are available at: www.learn.ie/application

Course Duration

The course takes place over 2 academic years. Learners will be expected to attend DkIT one and half days per week.


Starting Date

Monday 18th September

Entry Requirements

The standard minimum entry requirement for a Level 8 programmes is six passes in the Leaving Certificate including Mathematics and either English or Irish, with at least Grade C3 in two Higher Level papers, together with at least Grade D3 in four Ordinary Level papers plus a minimum of 300 points.

The minimum entry requirement for graduates of FETAC Level 5 and 6 awards to ab-initio Honours Degree (NQAI level 8) programmes is a full FETAC Level 5 or 6 award including a Distinction grade in at least three modules.

Applications are welcome from students from Northern Ireland and International Students. Qualifications from National Awards on the England, Wales and Northern Ireland National Qualifications Framework from cognate areas will be accepted in line with Academic Council policy.

Applicants must display some prior musical knowledge. Applicants who do not have a formal music qualification (i.e. degree in music or equivalent) will be interviewed.

Applications are invited from students from diverse music backgrounds and who have experience in a range of areas in music to include performance, technology, composition etc. Those with an interest in composition may submit a portfolio of their work.

Applicants must demonstrate a motivation to study at third level and have a demonstrated ability to achieve goals and a commitment to independent learning.

Fees Information

Total Fee is: €3,610.00

Year 1 fee is €1,805.00

Year 2 fee is €1,805.00

Further Information

Ms. Claire Fitch
Programme Convenor,
Department of Creative Arts Media and Music, DkIT

t 042 9370270
e claire.fitch@dkit.ie

Lifelong Learning Centre,
Dundalk Institute of Technology,
Dublin Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Call: 042-9370290
Fax: 042-9370291
Email: parttime@dkit.ie